Project aim

Project aim with respect to the results that should be achieved by the project implementation

The main aim is to establish necessary technological basis for the maintenance of integrity, continual production and multifunctional character of forest ecosystems affected by ongoing climate change and other stressors.

 

One of the crucial preconditions for achieving the aim is the enhanced cost-effectiveness of data collection processes at the NFC and the acquisition of additional accurate data on forest ecosystems. Newly acquired comprehensive data are sought to secure continual sustainable development of forest resources threatened by ongoing climate change and intensifying incidence of natural disturbances and stressors. At the same time, cost-effectiveness of associated processes (especially planning, protection, inventory, monitoring and assessment) commands a high priority.

 

This aim can not be achieved through the existing infrastructure. One of the most effective ways to obtain desired results is to acquire direct access to remote sensing technology.

 

As for data, improvements are sought in terms of their accuracy, time scale (to prevent extensive forest & economic damage) and range - previously unmeasured forest characteristics are vital for effective planning, management and protection of available forests.

 

At present, airborne digital sensors and LIDAR represent a cutting-edge technology supplying high quality geospatial data meeting the demands for cost-effectiveness, volume and accuracy of data. At the same time, they offer simplicity, flexibility, workflow productivity, efficiency and reliability.

 

Throughout the project and upon its completion, the obtained remote sensing data will be instrumental in formulating national forest policy, rural development strategies, green energy policy and other policies associated with forests and the environment. In addition, they will be of equal importance for a number of practical forestry and nature conservation activities including forest planning, inventory, monitoring, timely management of large-scale natural disturbances, obligatory forest mapping, land reform, subsidies provision, etc.

 

Changes in forest ownership rights do not have any impact on survey of forest condition, forest planning and monitoring of forest management since these processes are legally enforced and applicable to all forest owners and users regardless of ownership. Enhancement of these processes will benefit in equal measure all stakeholders whilst preserving intact their rights and obligations. Improvements in services might in the future initiate adjustment of enforced legislation inherently based on non-discriminatory approach.

 

The improved data will substantially enhance a current range of public services and products offered by the Final Beneficiary. New data will positively impact the following components of forest stewardship:

 

  • Management, monitoring, assessment and controlling of ongoing forest changes
  • Countryside planning and land use
  • Public control of the exploitation natural resources
  • Effective management of large-scale disturbances (e.g. time factor)
  • Planning for forest infrastructure enhancement
  • Nature protection including biodiversity conservation
  • Rural development (green energy, economic diversification, securing rural jobs, etc.).

   

Project’s contribution to the local, regional and national development plan

NATIONAL FOREST PROGRAMME OF THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC + ACTION PLAN
(www.forestportal.sk; www.nlcsk.sk)

 

Strategic Objective 1: Support of ecological forest management
Priority 2: To support the development and use of environmentally friendly technologies
Priority 3: To support conservation, improvement and enhancement of biodiversity

 

Strategic Objective 2: Improvement and protection of the environment
Priority 4: To mitigate consequences of climate change and to support adaptation of forests to impacts of climate change
Priority 5: To strengthen forest protection
Priority 6: To develop forest monitoring

 

Strategic Objective 3: Improving quality of life
Priority 7: To conserve and improve protective functions of forests

 

Strategic Objective 4: Increasing long-term competitiveness
Priority 9: To increase long-term competitiveness and economic viability of multifunctional forestry
Priority 10: To support research and technological development in order to improve competitiveness of the forestry sector

 

Strategic Objective 5: Strengthening cooperation, coordination and communication
Priority 14: To ensure implementation of international commitments related to forests and forestry in pursuing the objectives of the National Forest Programme

 

RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC 2007-2013
(www.apa.sk; www.land.gov.sk)

 

AXIS 1 - Improving the competitiveness of the agricultural and forestry sector

 

5.3.1.4 Measure: Improvement of the economic value of forests

 

AXIS 2 - Improving the environment and the countryside

 

5.3.2.1.3.3 Conservation of biodiversity

 

5.3.2.1. Measures targeting the sustainable use of forest land

 

5.3.2.2.1. Measure: First afforestation of agricultural land
5.3.2.2.2. Measure: NATURA 2000 payments - forest land
5.3.2.2.3. Measure: Forest-Environment payments
5.3.2.2.4. Measure: Restoring forestry potential and introducing prevention actions

 

MITIGATION OF SPRUCE DECLINE IN THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC

 

THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

 

Methods and tools for priority support and achievement of strategic objectives

 

3.20. Development of and integrated model of land management 
3.22. Improvement of transportation and technical infrastructure, development of tourism industry 
3.24. Reduction of the use of non-renewable natural resources and rational use of renewable resources 
3.27. Mitigation of the impact of climate change, ozone layer depletion and natural disturbances 
3.28. Enhancement of the regional quality of the environment

 

Principles, criteria and indicators of sustainable development

 

2. Ecological principle

 

Criteria:

  • conservation and enhancement of biodiversity, vitality and resilience of ecosystems,
  • optimalisation of the spatial structure and functional use of landscape and preservation of its ecological stability,
  • preservation and promotion of life supporting systems,
  • preservation of high quality of the environment components - elimination of negative impact on the environment,
  • limitation of the use of non-renewable resources and promotion of a rational use of renewable resources.

 

 

7. Principle of respecting needs and rights of future generations

 

Criterion:

  • via rational use conserving existing resources for future generations.

 

 

BIOMASS ACTION PLAN 2008-2013 
(www.zpd.sk)

 

3.4. Forest biomass

 

MONITORING OF THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF NATURA 2000 SITES
(www.sopsr.sk)

 

Based on: 
Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC)
Birds Directive (Council Directive 79/409/EEC)